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Willow Long's body was discovered near her Illinois hometown in September days after hundreds of volunteers scoured the area searching for the missing 7 year old.

Illinois Man Pleads Guilty In Niece’s Murder

A central Illinois man admitted he killed his niece and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

03/18/2014

Willow Long's body was discovered near her Illinois hometown in September days after hundreds of volunteers scoured the area searching for the missing 7 year old.

Mother Of Murdered 7-Year-Old Released From Jail

The mother of the 7-year-old girl who was stabbed to death in Effingham County, Illinois in September is back home after serving jail time for lying to police during the investigation.

02/07/2014

Willow Long's body was discovered near her Illinois hometown in September days after hundreds of volunteers scoured the area searching for the missing 7 year old.

Willow Long’s Mom Pleads Guilty to Obstruction

The mother of a 7-year-old Illinois girl who authorities say was stabbed to death by her uncle was sentenced to 120 days in jail.

01/29/2014

Effingham County prosecutors charged Justin D. DeRyke, 22, with three counts of first-degree murder.

Trial Pushed Back For Man Accused Of Killing Niece

A 22-year-old Effingham County man accused of fatally stabbing his 7-year-old niece won’t go on trial until next year.

11/26/2013

Justin DeRyke

Grand Jury Indicts Justin DeRyke on First Degree Murder

The 22-year-old uncle of Willow Long was indicted Wednesday on three counts of first degree murder.

09/18/2013

The Effingham County State's Attorney's Office will file First Degree Murder charges against Justin D. DeRyke, 22, of Watson, Illinois on Wednesday.

Uncle of Willow Long Faces Murder Charges

Authorities say Justin D. DeRyke, 22, of Watson, Ill. has been arrested for the murder of Willow Long.

09/10/2013

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